Rooville

A Novel

“A funny, imaginative look at a small Iowa town and what happens when two worlds and cultures collide, Rooville combines meditation, romance, and small-town politics into an enjoyable debut novel from Julie Long.”
—national bestseller Kamy Wicoff, author of Wishful Thinking

“A modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet with a transcendental twist, Rooville blends fiction with factual tidbits of TM and weather phenomenon to create an enlightening and entertaining story. If you’ve ever longed to seek the truth by returning to your roots, make Rooville your new mantra!”
—Andee Reilly, author of Satisfaction

“Long has created a ‘perfect storm’ of a novel: a quirky cast of characters, a town divided, a narrative voice that is wise, witty, and warm. You’ll fall in love with Rooville.”
—Meredith Mileti, author of Aftertaste: A Novel in Five Courses

Rooville is the story of California weatherman Owen Martin, who can’t predict the atmospheric pressure he’ll encounter when he decides to return to his childhood home in Iowa, which he left after his father died. Thinking he’s moving back to the simple life his father intended for him, Owen is stunned to learn that Martinville has become a Mecca for meditators, and the mayor is scheming to turn the family farm into a New Age theme park. Making matters worse, Owen is attracted to the mayor’s levitating daughter Trishna instead of the down-to-earth girl he hand in mind. In a town where old beliefs and open minds are clashing like warm and cold fronts, Owen gets caught in a veritable tornado. In the end, he realizes that he can calm the storm and bring the town back together, but he must accept that even the simple life has its compromises and complications.

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

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“Transcendent and down-to-earth all at once, Long has penned an inventive, warm and funny adventure steeped in quirky, very real American history.”
—Elise A. Miller, author of Star Craving Mad

“A funny, imaginative look at a small Iowa town and what happens when two worlds and cultures collide, Rooville combines meditation, romance, and small-town politics into an enjoyable debut novel from Julie Long.”
—national bestseller Kamy Wicoff, author of Wishful Thinking

“A modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet with a transcendental twist, Rooville blends fiction with factual tidbits of TM and weather phenomenon to create an enlightening and entertaining story. If you’ve ever longed to seek the truth by returning to your roots, make Rooville your new mantra!”
—Andee Reilly, author of Satisfaction

“Anyone who has ever longed to go home again will fall madly in love with this us-versus-them, then-versus-now, mindfulness-versus-midwestern love story. Funny, spellbinding, and smart.”
—Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, author of The Art of Floating

“Long has created a ‘perfect storm’ of a novel: a quirky cast of characters, a town divided, a narrative voice that is wise, witty, and warm. You’ll fall in love with Rooville.”
—Meredith Mileti, author of Aftertaste: A Novel in Five Courses

“Fast-paced and fun. This heartwarming tale of love and self-discovery is set in a wholly unique locale, with an unexpected hero.”
—Kathleen Shoop, author of Love and Other Subjects

Rooville says as much about the laws of attraction as the principles of yoga. Julie Long’s delightful romp will have you “rooting” for Weatherman Owen Martin and the unpredictable storms he faces.”
—Brigitte Quinn, author of Anchored

About the Author

Julie Long was born in Fairfield, Iowa, a typical Midwestern town (the kind with a bandstand in town square), which just happened to become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement. For several years she lived in Southern California (where she never did find the center of town) before opting for the rural life in Western Pennsylvania. Today she lives on a farm with her husband, extended family, and an English bulldog. She coauthored BABY: An Owner’s Manual, A Mouthful of Truth, and Fat, Dumb & Lazy. This is her first novel. Visit her at JulieLongWrites.com.

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